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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood: Central L.A
Mexican
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El Cholo Restaurant
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not Very Good

My family and I went to the El Cholo Restaurant near Staples Center in late November before attending an LA Kings hockey game. Quite simply, it was not good. The chips and salsa were fine but the food was sub-par. In fact, I would compare the food to El Torito. I've eaten at El Cholo on Western... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2014
Kingsfan
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Los Angeles, CA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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179 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Los Angeles, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

My family and I went to the El Cholo Restaurant near Staples Center in late November before attending an LA Kings hockey game. Quite simply, it was not good. The chips and salsa were fine but the food was sub-par. In fact, I would compare the food to El Torito. I've eaten at El Cholo on Western (the original El... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is the best mexican restaurant I've ever been. Tortilla soup is unbelievable, everything is fresh, awesome atmosphere, great chips and salsa, large and tasty meals. The service is simple but nice.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We were looking for good authentic Mexican restaurant and El Cholo was recommend to us from the valet parking guy . The moment we entered , I felt that this is not my place . The place was dark , with low ceiling , bulky old furnitures . There was an unpleasant odor of an unventilated environment . The cervice... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

If you're looking for the Authentic Mexican experience, there are dozens of better options in the LA area. But if you're looking for some tasty food at a reasonable price, in a fun setting, this place is worth checking out. The enchiladas are very good, and the margaritas are not to be missed!

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Hemet, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Salsa and Chips are the first give away. Salsa had no flavor and was watered down. We asked for something hotter and it was just hot, again no flavor. The chips were not any better. Stale. I ordered a margarita...received it in a coke glass. Then came our food. On a scale of 1-5, the food was a 3. Lacked... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went to the El Cholo on South Flower Street in downtown LA. The best Mexican restaurant in the area -- friendly service, well-made and generously poured margaritas, terrific menu, fresh food. You can't ask for more from a traditional Mexican restaurant. The photos on the wall are fascinating as well. One of our favorites.

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Carson, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went here on Halloween right before attending a game at Staples center, the food was great the margarita's were real tasty with the right balance of tequila and mix the chips were fresh and hot, great place to walk to from the staple center or anywhere in LA live

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San Diego
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is the place for a wonderful margarita. There's something a little different from the typical recipe you get everywhere else. The food is very good and great service, too. Try the green tamale when it's in season.

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Milan
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92 reviews 92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This has the best and truly authentic Mexican food. The tortilla soup is to die for and everything is fresh and tastes home made!

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Pine Grove, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Located right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles is El Cholo Restaurant purported to be the oldest restaurant in California. The atmosphere is delightful and the walls are lined with historic pictures of the Restaurant and family who started it in earlier days. The menu offered the typical Mexican food that would be expected. The service was a little... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (323) 734-2773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?